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Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player

As a big movie buff, I am always online looking for the hottest new flicks, trailer and movie reviews. I also like watching a lot of sport and sometimes that’s only available on streams such as BT sport which I get free with my broadband.

Since the advent of multimedia streaming and digital technology, the way we watch shows, movies, even music has changed, and we can now do it all on phones, tablets, and latops. Compare this to the old school VHS tapes, cumbersome, low resolution and if the tape gets damaged, well, that’s it. Today we have all sorts of devices and gadgets with state of the art features but there’s nothing like watching media on your big 50″ plasma TV. The Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player is one device that will solve this and simply the viewing experience of users.

One of the best features is that I can use it with my BT Sport app on my phone so I can stream the big football match onto my TV without the need for any cables!  Read More

Don’t have enough ports? You need an HDMI splitter

After a long day at the job, there is nothing as relaxing as catching your favorite show, playing on your games console, or streaming a TV show from your laptop. Kicking back on your couch, feet up and popcorn ready. Just as you are about to press the play button, you remember that you had previously had to swap your HDMI cables around and the one you want isn’t even plugged in yet!

Due to the multiplicity of devices that can handle the HD format, you may find yourself running out of HDMI inputs and a  HDMI switch/splitter is essentially what you need. It allows the user to split one HDMI source signal to many outputs. In other words, a HDMI splitter is able to send multimedia video and audio signal to several devices.  Read More

The Ultimate TV Bracket For Under £30

We’re all about HDMI here and usually that’s about cables and connectors but if you’re going to get the best equipment then make sure that you have your TV is on a good stand but they can cost a fair bit. When it comes to getting a bracket for your television then you’ve got to shop around to find the best for you which comes down to a couple of things:  Read More

USB to HDMI Converter

Technology is improving every day but that doesn’t mean that you’re able to buy the latest and most high-tech equipment out there as we’ve all got a budget to stick to. This is where converters and adapters are useful as they allow you to pair up new and old technology to extend their life span and same you some money too.

The main reason for people using USB to HDMI converters/adapters are so they can stream movies and videos from their laptop and view them on their large HD televisions.  Read More

There’s no such thing as a Scart to HDMI Cable

When you first start looking for a way to connect your older electricals with scart connections to your new HDMI high-definition TV it’s pretty common to look for a lead or cable that will do the job as it seems a pretty simple solution so you’re probably thinking of something like the photo to the right? Simply using a cable with a scart connection at one end and an HDMI connection at the other will not work as scart is an analogue signal and HDMI is a digital signal  so you will need to buy an HDMI to Scart Converter/Adapter to change the signal. Read More

The Best HDMI Splitter Less Than £10

A few years back having a single HDMI input on your HD TV was fine as it was more than likely that you only had one or two devices to attach to it, but now most peripherals use HDMI cables to connect to your TV so if you find yourself constantly unplugging and plugging in cables when you want to use your PS3, SKY HD, Xbox, BluRay, FreeSat, etc then you could probably do with buying an HDMI switcher.

These aren’t expensive and for less than a tenner you can save yourself the hassle and have all your kit connected to your TV and breathing new life into you AV set-up. It really is such an easy solution to what can be pretty frustrating if you’re having to yank out cables on a daily basis. It’s also not great practice to be repeatedly plugging an unplugging cables as you can cause damage to the connectors in the cable and on the television.

There are quite a few splitters on the market but the one with the best reviews on Amazon is the Duronic HDS3 Mini 3 Port Gold HDMI Auto Switch which retails at only £7.99 and allows you to connect up to 3 HDMI sources to one high definition display up to FULL HD 1080p and higher resolutions. You may see almost identical looking splitters online but with a different brand name and the fact it they will more than likely be exactly the same kit but just distributed by someone else, but more than likely all made in the same factory.

HDMi Splitter Diagram

The switcher is powered by the connected HDMI cable so you don’t need to worry about finding another plug socket and the device auto switches when you turn an HDMI connected device on and as it’s only 5cm by 5cm you’ll hardly notice it. It does have a manual switch too so you can easily flick between several switched-on sources. Have a look at the video below to see it in action.

As you can see it’s a simple bit of tech to use and does exactly what you need for such a small price.

On a technical side the Duronic Switcher uses HDMI v1.3b (Latest/fastest spec) and is HDCP compliant, fully HDMI Certified, and RoHS & CE approved. Some other splitters out there don’t carry all these qualities and so there have been issues with some users not being about to use BT Vision on certain switchers as they need to be HDCP compliant but the Duronic brand has it all and will work for 99.9% of devices.

If you want to find out more then there have a look at the product page on Amazon and decide from there if it’s the solution to your troubles.

 

Top 5

Top 5 HDMI to Scart Converters

Top 5 Scart to HDMI ConvertersWe listed our top 5 Scart to HDMI converters and of course wanted to list our top 5 HDMI to Scart converters too but the fact is that we’ve only found one actual HDMI to Scart adapter on the market! Incredible to believe, so this is really a ‘Top 1’ list but we thought we’d stick with the theme

This can be shipped direct from Amazon and also come with free delivery so the price below is the price you will pay. And the plus side is that with Amazon you are buying from a company you can trust rather than buying from a shop with no guarantees.


1. HDMI to SCART Converter Adapter (High quality converter, FULL HD 720p 1080p, works with Apple TV2)

HDMI to Scart Converter
Manufacturer: Lenkeng
Amazon: £47.82
Product Description:
This high quality HDMI to SCART HD Converter converts the HDMI signal to SCART signal with stereo sound. It is ideal for viewing HDMI video on the TVs with only SCART interface. It can be used for any devices with HDMI output, such as APPLE TV2, game consoles , Blue-Ray DVD players, PC, HTPC, etc. See more information on the product page.

If you want to buy an HDMI to Scart Converter then get this one!

Nintendo Wii

Scart to HDMI Converter for Nintendo Wii

One of the problems with the Nintendo Wii is that it doesn’t have an HDMI output and so most of the time you can only connect it by a scart cable but this doesn’t give the best quality on your High-Definition television as the signal from a scart cable is compressed where as HDMI signals are digital and uncompressed.


Scart to HDMI for your WiiYou can solve this problem with an Scart to HDMI converter which will allow you to connect the scart output from your Nintendo Wii games console to the HDMI socket on your HD TV and the next benefit is that the converter will also act as an upscaler. The upscaler will improve the signal and the Scart to HDMI Converter will take your signal up to 720p HD quality (1280×720).

Not only will the ability to use an HDMI cable give you superior quality but thin HDMI cables will make your whole entertainments system look smart rather than using thick and unsightly scart cables. You could also use the converter to connect your games console to your computer monitor too as a lot of new ones will have HDMI sockets but of course won’t have scart sockets.

This converter and upscaler is one of the cheapest on the market at only £43.99 and as well as connecting your Wii will also allow you to connect your Sky box, Playstation, Virgin Media box etc to the HDMI connection on your television.

There are other converters available on the market so please check out our ‘Top 5 Converters‘ to see what other ones we recommend.